Hello to all who have been waiting for a continuation of my report. At last, managed to 'hide away' and get on with it
Thank you for all you lovely comments till now!
This am we were all going out for the early drive to 13th waterhole that had been exceptionally active over the past few mornings and we were hoping to be lucky again.
We were not disappointed. The 8 lion were there again but this time playing up on the dunes.
We followed and watched for quite some time before moving on to 14th where we saw a lovely male lion. While watching him we suddenly realized that there was more to pay attention to. A lioness was walking away from the riverbed up the dune towards the upper road. Once again, we thought it a good idea to drive back to the exit of the loop and proceed along the upper road. In no hurry and with no other cars around we stopped, switched off and enjoyed the peacefulness of the morning. One car slowly passed and also stopped to scan the area. We both got lucky… again!! The female lion we saw on the dune from the loop appeared on the crest and proceeded slowly towards us. But… this time she was not alone. She had 3 tiny cubs with her. These were the smallest cubs we had ever seen and on chatting to Andre (KTP Guru) a little later in the day, we understood that they were probably only about 8 weeks old and more than likely on one of their first outings! I did not find it easy to photograph as there was always a bush in the way. I’m sure you will still enjoy the pics.
The one cub was definately taking more strain than the other two and kept sitting down. Mum had to stop and wait often, and when the cub took too much time resting she was picked up and carried.
I was so pleased we all witnessed this as I wouldn’t have had the heart to go back and tell the others what they missed.
After they disappeared over the dune we decided to drive the loop and head back to Urikaruus and enjoy a day in the camp.
At that stage, little did we know that there was more in store before we left 14th waterhole. We followed the male (that we were watching before we noticed the lioness going over the dune) for about 20 min before he finally lay down. Another awesome sighting.
We returned to Urikaruus to drop our son off to do some studying!!
We went on to TR, desperate for any some kind of bod moisturizer. We had run out. Megan had had enough of being made fun of!! We kept referring to her as our newly discovered bird – Scaley skinned blondie!! Got sorted out at TR and made up to Scaley skinned blondie by purchasing her an ice-cream
Can you help with this bird, goshawk, but which one?
A lovely PCG
Urikaruus waterhole was productive with the usual general game.
The next morning was time to depart from Urikaruus, mixed feelings, sad to leave but excited to head off to Nossob.
Just outside the camp we saw this Wild Cat stalking a whisteling rat.
The first rat we had seen this trip. Our previous visit last Sept we were dodging them there were so many!!
Saw ostriches, Hartebeest and Eland along the dunes road. At Morevet waterhole we came across the remains of a Eland Kill with plenty Lappet Face and White backed vultures. Once again, this was another waterhole that had plenty of Eland Carcasses everywhere.
We had planned a stop at Dikbaardskolk but with 11 other cars, folk having a huge brunch together, we chose to more on slowly.
Saw four fat lion sleeping in the shade at Kaspersdraai. Close by this jackal was feasting on an yet another Eland kill.
We arrived at Nossob, settled in and enjoyed an afternoon in the camp.
The two cute white faced owls were found in the tree behind the shop.
Took a short late afternoon drive around Maries se Draai and saw a female lion close to the road along with 2 males lying a short distance away from her. Little did we realize that this female had cubs hidden in the bushes alongside her. We did see them briefly the next day (I am sure many of you have read about these cubs that were seen here for quite few days) I am a bit confused as Craig and Caroline have posted pics of a mum with cubs from Maries Se Draai that looked only a couple of days old. They were at Nossob a couple of days after us. I have tried to zoom in on these pics I managed to get and am wondering if Craig’s cubs were not perhaps a different set? Find it hard to believe that those we saw would only have been a day or so old
Will post these pics a little later after I have piced out the best of a 'twiggy' few. More twigs than cubs
Just past Rooikop on the way back to Nossob we had a lovely sighting of a Brown Hyaena. He was on a mission so good pic not possible.
Back in camp we lit a fire, sat outside enjoying the night skies and sounds and after another delicious braai dinner ambled down to the hide. Sadly, this was not to be an enjoyable evening as due to unruly children and adults we chose to leave and rather enjoy hearing the lions roar from our cottage. After special coffee with Amarula we retired, tired from the hot day and looking forward to what the next day had in store for us.